Praise for The Careless Seamstress

“These poems open the archive of identity and the mysteries of the body at one and the same time. In richly embossed detail, events, lost evenings and the erotics of history are unveiled. In these narratives, a young woman’s life moves between danger and custom: her body knows silence is a language/ any woman can learn to speak. This work brings the reader to new places and age-old insights. These are moving, eloquent and compelling poems.” —Eavan Boland, author of A Woman Without a Country: Poems

“Tjawangwa Dema’s poems are as bold, roving, and insistent as they are delicate and incisive. The Careless Seamstress is a ravishing debut.” —Tracy K. Smith, U.S. poet laureate and author of Wade in the Water: Poems

“Dema’s similes and metaphors do not announce themselves. Instead, they arrive with the command that comes when language seems inevitable—necessary. This is a quality of maturity and generosity in the poet whose commitment is to contain ideas and feelings in language that clarifies and complicates — a kind of quest for truth.” —Kwame Dawes, Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and author of City of Bones

“Tjawangwa Dema uses her work to explore large questions of gender, identity and labor. The pieces in The Careless Seamstress live at the intersection of these themes, showing how one moment or action brilliantly encapsulates the whole.” Noah Cruickshank, Shelf Awareness